Reya Darkstone and Rahpture, the creators and owners of Empyrean Forge, share with us their collaboration, their love for fantasy and their favourite moments in the Faire.
This is your second year sponsoring Fantasy Faire. What made you decide to become a sponsor?
This is our second year of being a Sponsor, and we are very excited to be a part of the Faire. We wanted to make a larger contribution not only to the SL community as a whole but for the cause Fantasy Faire benefits.
How did you begin building in Second Life? What inspires you to create?
Rahpture has always had an amazing talent for creating mesh, and once the collaboration with Reya Darkstone began, they saw an opportunity to blend their love of creating beautiful things with a business opportunity. Inspiration comes from a myriad of places—art, anime, fantasy gaming, books.
What are you bringing to the Faire this year? Give us some sneak peeks or teasers!
Shhh…it’s a secret!
What calls you to fantasy? When was the first time you encountered the genre and realized you enjoyed it?
The idea that anything and everything is possible in a fantasy setting draws us both. To believe in the unbelievable. To be anything your mind can create; to fulfill the dream of being an elf, an ogre or even a dragon. It would be difficult to pinpoint exactly when we both became drawn to fantasy—the first time reading The Hobbit as a child, being told about the Fairy that puts money under your pillow in exchange for a tooth, Disney’s Fantasia. One thing we both know, our love of fantasy started early and continues to grow.
Do you have a favourite Faire memory? What are you looking forward to most this year?
The amazing sim builds of past years have always been a pleasure to enjoy, as well as the dance shows that have been produced. This year we are both looking forward to the same, plus the Art Gallery that will have on exhibit Second Life photographers from all reaches of the grid expressing their unique perspectives of fantasy through their pictures.
Thank you for taking the time to chat with us, Rahp and Reya! Thank you for joining us in bringing the Fairelands back!